Have you been overwhelmed with trying to figure out how to best store and organize your kids’ keepsakes, and you are looking for something you can put together yourself? Then you are going to love this DIY keepsake bin idea!
So a few weekends ago, I was purging our garage, and I stumbled across my kids’ memory keepsake boxes. And I was shocked to find that I had collected about 2-3 bins/boxes for each of my kids. I was shocked because I had no idea I had kept that much stuff. And the fact that I had “stumbled” upon these keepsake boxes/bins that I had obviously not looked through in years pushed me to the realization that it was time to purge through these boxes and set up an organizational and storage system that would help me organize and store these items in a functional way.
With that said, I got on Pinterest and I came across this idea by lovelylittlesnippets.com. I loved the way she used zip bags and used them to organize and store keepsakes in a bin. The moment I saw this idea, I knew it was what I had been looking for. It is an easy and budget-friendly way to organize all the contents in keepsake bins. Because this way, the keepsake items aren’t just shoved into bins in no order at all. Instead, they are nice and organized with zip bags and labels.
So if you too have been searching high and low for the best keepsake storage ideas that you can make yourself, then definitely keep on reading! Below, I share how I made each of my kids a DIY keepsake bin. And I also included the labels I used so you can download them for free!
This post is all about how to make a DIY keepsake bin.
How To Make A DIY Keepsake Bin
- Large Bin
- Gallon Size Zip Bag
- Sandwich Size Zip Bag
- Space Saver Bags (second option here)
- Tape (to apply labels to zip bags) You can also print labels on sticker paper.
I made two different labels. One inspired by lovelylittlesnippets.com bag labels. However, I added a section to write in a brief memory pertaining to the contents of the bag. (as shown below) And I also made a second label that says “Hazel’s Memories.” The second label is for labeling the outside of the keepsake bin.
The free downloads obviously don’t have my daughter’s name haha! I left a space so you can include your child’s name.
I decided to add the “memory” section to the bag label because memories are fleeting. And the older we get, the harder it is to remember things from our past as fresh memories replace old ones. So I thought that adding that little section to write a brief memory would be a nice thing to look back at later once your kids are grown up and some memories become harder to remember.
Suggestions Of What To Keep
What you keep inside your keepsake bin is totally up to you, but here is what I have kept and plan to keep in each keepsake bin.
- Birth and hospital items
- Baptism items
- Any “first.” For example,
- First birthday, first time at the beach outfit, first Christmas, etc.
- Items that remind you of any special moments
- Favorites or/and special items. For example:
- Favorite pieces of clothing, favorite shoes, favorite blanket, favorite toy, etc, items that remind you of important milestones
How To Store And Organize Keepsake Items
Use either a gallon size or sandwich size zip bag depending on how many items you want to store. For example, I used a large gallon size bag for my son’s baptism items since it was needed to fit his little shoes. But then I used a sandwich-size zip bag for his 4th of July outfit because it was just a small one-piece.
I tried to store everything inside the zip bags. However, for anything that was too large, I just put it in the bin without a zip bag. Things such as special blankets, or stuffed toys that my kids loved when they were babies, things like that, I figured, can stay without a bag. (Update: Larger items such as blankets, stuffed animals, or clothing that weren’t attached to a particular event or memory, I put into a space-saving bag. This helped free up more space in each bin)
Everything else I categorized and insert into a bag and labeled it. (as shown below)
Add Bin Label
For the outside of the bins, I just added a label in the center of the bin.
And after purging and getting rid of a lot, each of my kids ended up with one bin each. Which is freaking awesome!
Here are the finished products:
To say I am happy about the results is an understatement! I really wish I had started this when they were babies! Because it would have saved me hours of sorting and organizing years’ worth of stuff! But, either way, it’s done and organized now and it’s the best feeling ever!
As much as love keeping stuff that my kids made, etc. I realized that one day they will inherit these things I find so precious.
However, THEY will be the ones who will one day have to sort through these bins/boxes and have to decide what to do with it all. So saving things all shoved into boxes in no particular order is not fair for them. Because why should they ever be burdened with deciding what to do with it all, right? So I am so happy I took the time to do this and love the way it turned out!
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